Spring time Buzz column from BillCopelandMusicNews.com; latest music news

Spring time Buzz column from BillCopelandMusicNews.com; latest music news

Hello gentle readers,

My associates in the New England music scene have just sent me the following information about upcoming shows and CD and EP releases. I hope you will all check out these artists and consider taking in one of their shows and or purchasing their recorded materials. I also hope you have as much reading through this as I had compiling it.

Laura Cortese

Irish Music Night at Chevalier was a huge success

Irish Music Night was a success on many levels. First, this latest offering from OnStage! Concert Series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts was sold out. Second, each of the three acts were very strong. Finally, the variety of Irish and Celtic music offered was richly rangy. As usual, this kind of music, when played by the right musicians, can stir something deep inside of a listener.

Laura Cortese proves an artist on the rise with All In Always album

Laura Cortese proves an artist on the rise with All In Always album

Laura Cortese has released this eighth album All In Always to showcase more of her highly skilled, multi-texture fiddle playing and composition finesse. Through it all, Cortese makes full use of color and tone, lightness and darkness, and many other nuances aside from her thrilling techniques. Billing herself as Laura Cortese & Friends was a wise choice for this recording, as her friends, coming from different nations, all lend a hand in keeping things interesting. Instruments and guest musicians on this recording include Bouzouki e flute – Xose Liz; Zanfona – Anxo Pintos; Voice e Pandeira – Chisco Feijoo; Cello – Jonas Bleckman; Guitar – Adam Johansson; Tambourine – Jens Linell; Guitar, Melodeon et Jaw Harp – Yann Falquet; Melodeon, Chromatic Harp, Podorythmie – Pierre-Luc Dupuis; and Gigue – Dominic Desrochers

Laura Cortese

Laura Cortese makes fiddling cool; playing Irish Music Night in Medford

Laura Cortese has been on the traditional music scene in Boston, around the country, and in other countries for over a decade now. Presenting exciting concert performances and collaborating with other string players, Cortese makes her fiddle as cool as a rock and roll lead guitar. She’s one of three acts scheduled to play in an Irish Music Night, and she discussed that as well.

Irish Music Night

Irish Music Night coming to Chevalier’s OnStage! concert series March 18

Matt and Shannon Heaton, Laura Cortese, Fodhla, Chevalier Theatre, Medford Massachusetts

Gretchen & The Pickpockets working on new album

Gretchen & The Pickpockets working on new album

New England’s queen of neo soul Gretchen Klempa took time out of a busy musician’s schedule to update us on the state of her band Gretchen And The Pickpockets. The group has temporarily reduced their three gigs a week schedule down to three gigs a month so they can invest time in getting their next album together.

Jennifer Tefft Band takes it to a higher level with Cutting For Stone album

Jennifer Tefft Band takes it to a higher level with Cutting For Stone album

The Jennifer Tefft Band’s latest album Cutting For Stone makes the most of the band’s usual trademark qualities. Tefft’s plaintive, high strung, rangy voice, fierce, lean guitar lines, and a very tight, propulsive rhythm section are all here. This time, the Tefft and company take things to a higher level. There is a grandness of purpose going on in this album that makes one feel something special is going to happen with this band in 2017.

The Oracle impress with #SUF album

The Oracle impress with #SUF album

The Oracle is a four piece progressive funk-rock instrumental band in which three out of four members are gear heads with endorsements from manufacturers of fine musical instruments. So, we know before we listen to their #SUF album that they will be playing some cool, intricate music with an emphasis on quality sound. This nine […]

Angel Chisholm, Deon Mose, Shun Ng

Shun Ng And The Shunettes dazzle OnStage audience

Shun Ng And The Shunettes can make it look easy to put on an impressive show of acoustic guitar virtuosity and complex vocal arrangements. Performing in the Onstage series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts last Saturday night, Ng and his Shunettes received a few standing ovations before keeping their audience in a further […]

Frank Viele rocks with force and grace on Fall Your Way album

Frank Viele rocks with force and grace on Fall Your Way album

Frank Viele’s latest CD Fall Your Way is loaded with hard charging, rootsie rock and roll. Few can belt a rocker like Viele can and few can match his pure emotional honesty heard in his mellower tunes. This Connecticut icon will surely go far with this Vic Steffens produced album. Opening track “Broken Love Song” […]